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Omaha Transportation

Getting There


Named for Eugene C. Eppley, a major hotel developer in the Omaha area, Eppley Airfield (OMA) is on the northeast side of downtown Omaha, on a wide bend of the Missouri River. About 90 domestic flights a day on 20 different airlines depart Eppley Airfield. Southwest, Delta and United are the top carriers. People who need electrical outlets and good workspace during waits for flights should head up to the second level of the terminal. This area has recently been remodeled and has lots of outlets, as well as worktables. And the most important thing: Eppley Field has free Wi-Fi. An expansion of the parking garage now provides for 3,000 covered spaces adjacent to the terminal. Rental car facilities are located at the far end of the terminal, within easy walking distance for travelers. Most hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Overall, travelers through Eppley Field delight in its ease of access, although to catch an international flight, you must connect through larger hubs. Usually, 45 minutes is the most time it takes to get through security and board your flight. It’s the same for arriving, gathering luggage and getting on down the road to explore Omaha.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr stops in Omaha each morning on its route from San Francisco to Chicago. The Amtrak station is located at 1003 S. 9th Street.   
Three major bus lines, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, and Black Hills Lines, link Omaha with to cities across the region and country. The bus station, at 1601 Jackson Street, is open 24 hours a day. Burlington Trailways provides service to the east side of the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

Getting Around


Keeping with their practical nature, Omaha’s founders created a street system built on a grid, with numbered streets running north/south and named streets running east/west. Dodge Street, also identified as US Highway 6, is a major thoroughfare running east/west, and is considered the dividing point between the north and south of the city.

The rail yards that built Omaha interrupt the grid on the south side, along with the stockyards and the campus of Creighton University. Interstate 80 cuts through the city east/west and Highway 75 provides a quick jaunt to most communities on the north or south side. I-480 and I-680 loop the city. Most visitors find the city easy to navigate.

Public Transit
Metro Area Transportation (MAT) runs the bus lines that link Omaha with Council Bluffs Iowa and a number of the communities in Nebraska, such as Bellevue, Ralston and Papillion. An adult fare is $1.25. Exact change is required. A part of the fleet, which run routes in the Old Market area, are Retro Buses, actually buses that served the city from 1948-55. They aren’t necessarily comfortable, despite having been updated with air conditioning, chair lifts and GPS systems, but they are a lot of fun. However, most visitors to Omaha prefer to drive.
Four cab companies service the Omaha metro area and are regulated by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. The Initial drop rate, meaning the rate just to sit down in the cab, is $1.95, plus 30 cents for each additional seventh of a mile. It’s fair to say that you can take a cab almost anywhere in the Omaha metro for less than $50, including the tip.